ESRB On Nier: "Fountain-Like Cascades Of Blood"
We've already given you our Nier preview but sometimes, the ESRB's detailed description that accompanies a rating offers even more insight into the look and feel of the game.
Not surprisingly, Square-Enix's adult-oriented action/RPG has received an "M-Mature" rating from the ESRB, and according to the full explanation, there are plenty of reasons to hide the kiddies in this one. Square-Enix isn't exactly well known for controversial depictions of violence and other questionable content, but after seeing and hearing more about Nier, it seems clear their "Westward push" won't include moogles. At least, not here. The ESRB talks about how the game is played and what the characters do - as you can see - and then gets into the nitty-gritty:
"The dense fountain-like cascades of blood (along with the language) factor highly into the Mature rating: blood will spray, cascading and arching—sometimes in slow-motion—across the battlefield when creatures are attacked; blood also stains the ground, covers characters (one in a white dress), fills up a sink, spurts. The aforementioned language is strong, often employed for comedic effect rather than profane slur: "f**ks, "a*sholes," "bullsh*ts," and "sh*t hogs" (a comrade questions the validity of the word) get sprinkled in the dialogue. And throughout the quest, a hermaphrodite character (female traits emphasized) wears a revealing outfit that exposes most of the buttocks, in most of his/her scenes; depictions of jiggling breasts and deep cleavage are applied to various female characters as well."
There's that hermaphrodite reference again and we already knew about the strong language. The copious amounts of blood is a tad surprising, just because we still have difficulty equating that feature to Square-Enix. I know they're no longer Squaresoft and I know they also have Eidos and a new direction under their belt these days, but...aren't these the same people that gave us the relatively wholesome Final Fantasy titles? Yeah, there was some cleavage but this is little shocking, ya know?
Related Game(s): Nier
1/16/2010 10:33:16 AM Ben Dutka